A Verger v A Place of Worship/Heritage Site [2023]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Decision Number
  • Legal Body
    Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Dismissal, Wellbeing
Issues covered: Unfair Dismissal – Procedural unfairness – Substantive unfairness – Timekeeping – Alcohol use


The Complainant was employed as a verger, a role which has both ceremonial and practical duties for the Respondent, which is a place of worship and heritage site.  The Complainant had been employed in a variety of roles by the Respondent from 1 June 2013. The Complainant had been subject to a number of interventions from the Respondent regarding his timekeeping and use of alcohol and prescribed medications from November 2018 to the date of his dismissal on 18 December 2019. In the last incident, the Complainant attended work late, missing morning prayer (which he was required to attend in a liturgical capacity). Upon arrival, two colleagues observed he had an odour of

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This article is correct at 20/11/2023

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